Reopening NYC (NY Forward) for New York State (and city)

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

New York State COVID Reopening (NY Forward) and NYC

If you participated in a protest or have been spending time with people outside your household, get tested! Sites run by New York State are free. Check with the others and with your doctor to find out if there will be charges. coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned last week that coronavirus "storm clouds" were gathering over New York City as compliance over safety measures was slipping.

Private businesses have the right to refuse service to individuals who are not wearing a mask.

Commercial buildings and retail stores may require temperature checks before entry. Operators of such buildings and businesses have the right to deny entry to anyone who refuses a temperature check, or whose temperature is above the New York State Department of Health’s guidelines.

When riding public transportation systems, masks are mandatory, and New Yorkers should follow all guidelines and protocols when riding, including maintaining social distancing to the extent possible, using hand sanitizer and observing guidance.

Remember the Core 4 to prevent the spread of COVID-19  

  • wear face coverings when in public
  • maintain distance
  • practice good hand hygiene (and sanitize surfaces that are touched by many people)
  • stay home if sick

Overview of industries that can reopen in Phases 1-4

NY State website page: forward.ny.gov.

NYC website pagewww1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/reopening-guide

Businesses must

  • Read their relevant industry guidance.
    NY State overview of industries that are authorized to reopen during Phases 1-4  forward.ny.gov.
    Phase 1 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries
    Phase 2 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries
    Phase 3 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries  
    Gatherings up to 25 people are permitted.
    Phase 4 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries 
    Gatherings up to 50 people are permitted. Malls in Phase 4 regions can open 7/10/2020, but only if they have high-efficiency venting systems capable of reducing the spread of COVID-19. HVAC systems will be required to include filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value - or MERV - rating that filters out of the COVID-19 virus, but can, if the system makes additional protections, run on a minimum MERV of 11 (MERV 13 is preferred). Ventilation protocols include increased outdoor air, reduced air circulation, longer system run times and frequent filter checks. Staff and shoppers will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing protocols. 

    There is no Phase 5 guidance (yet). NY is not completely open with Phase 4.

    www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/reopening-guide

Businesses and nonprofits must:

  • Complete an affirmation form to indicate compliance with guidelines (the form can be accessed by a link at the bottom of the industry guidelines).
     
  • Develop a safety plan to be posted where employees can see it at the place of business  (the form can be accessed by a link at the bottom of the industry guidelines).

Basic rules for all sectors

All businesses must adhere to specific hygiene, distancing, and health protocols as they reopen. 

Social Distancing - Require 6 feet of distance unless safety or core function of the work activity requires less, Reduce occupancy to under 50%, limit confined spaces to 1 person (elevators, behind cash registers, etc), Limit all in-person gatherings and meetings, and only hold them in large, well-ventilated areas with social distancing.

PPE - Provide employees with free face coverings or, if warranted, face shields or other proper protective equipment. Require face coverings if employees cannot keep 6 feet of distance due to safety or core work function.

Hygiene - Ensure frequent cleaning and disinfecting of any shared surfaces

Health Screenings - Implement mandatory health screenings for employees, including questionnaires, temperature checks.

Communication - Create distance markers, post signage throughout the workplace reminding personnel to adhere to phase 1 guidance and rules.


NYC's Phase 3 businesses may open on July 6.
Industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries
Personal care including nail salons and dog runs. Indoor dining in restaurants is not included in NYC with Phase 3 as of 7/5/2020.
[Source: State Senator Liz Krueger's email Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates 6/26/20] The Mayor announced plans to reopen recreational amenities and outdoor courts in City parks. Once the City enters Phase 3 of reopening, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy soccer fields and basketball, tennis, volleyball, bocce, and handball courts. The City will also reopen dog runs for public use. Participants in higher risk sports including basketball should only partake in individual or distanced group training. To support social distancing, Parks Ambassadors will continue staffing parks and playgrounds, handing out masks and educating patrons about maintaining safe distancing. NYC Parks continues to re-open skate parks and outdoor fitness equipment. nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/coronavirus. Certain film and television production activity will be permitted, including principal photography with a maximum of 25 cast and crew.  Film permit website www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/permits/permits.page. All production activity, whether it requires a Film Permit or not, must comply with New York Forward Industry Guidance. Media production activities involve a variety of operations (such as scouting, set construction, and hair and makeup), and owners/managers of media production businesses should comply with relevant industry-specific State Department of Health guidance where applicable. See the State Department of Health’s Interim Guidance for Media Production During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for more information.


NYC's Phase 2 businesses may reopen on June 22.
Industry guidance forward.ny.gov/new-york-city-phase-two-industries
Phase 2 will include commercial building management, hair salons and barbershops, outdoor and takeout/delivery food services, offices, real estate, essential and Phase 2 in-store retail, vehicle sales, leasing and rentals, retail rental, repair and cleaning and motion picture and video production with certain restrictions. It also includes the launch of the City’s Open Restaurants program, which allows eligible venues to serve patrons on sidewalks, curb lanes, plazas, and open streets while following social distancing, hygiene, and other health guidance. www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/openrestaurants.shtmlAll of these businesses must operate at half capacity and with mandatory COVID safeguards in place, including social distancing and facial coverings. Phase 2 reopening is expected to bring as many as 300,000 additional people to NYC. 

Open Restaurants Program  www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/openrestaurants.shtml. Restaurants must self-certify on this page www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/openrestaurants.shtml. Information about Restaurant Reopening is available at nyc.gov/restaurantreopening or by calling the Department of Small Business Services hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC.

Phase 2 outdoor dining at restaurants. Social distancing between tables must be practiced. All staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.  

A new and streamlined application process to allow restaurants to expand capacity outdoors www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/openrestaurants.shtml.

Phase 2 curb lane seating will last through Labor Day. Sidewalk seating will be in effect until the end of October (under Phase 2 guidelines). Restaurants can work with their local BID and DOT to request additional seating in plazas by emailing Plazas@dot.nyc.gov.

New York State COVID-19 Liquor Authority Guidance on Outdoor Expansion of Licensed Premises. All licensees in regions that have entered phase 2 of reopening and which have on-premises service privileges under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABC Law) may, subject to the guidance below, resume outdoor, on-premises service of alcoholic beverages and/or food. This guidance shall continue until July 3, 2020 but may be extended or reduced depending upon the circumstances: https://sla.ny.gov/new-york-state-liquor-authority-guidance-outdoor-expansion-licensed-premises-response-covid-19

Phase 2 Motion picture and video production. Certain aspects of pre- and post-production are authorized to resume certain operations with restrictions, as well as principal photography with a maximum of 10 people. The NYC Film Office will begin accepting permit applications for production activity commencing on July 1 or later. Activity will be limited to no more than 10 cast and crew. There will be safety-related limitations on vehicles, equipment, location, and catering, along with the safety requirements in the mandated State guidance. Production guidelines will be posted on the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment (MOME)’s website. Production guidelines and an FAQ are posted on the Film Permit website www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/permits/permits.page. Applicants should review the guidelines and FAQ before submitting permit applications. Please note that the Film Office is operating remotely, so please allow additional time for Film Permit processing.

In Phase 2, places of worship may reopen with 25% occupancy [or 50% occupancy, according to the court]. State guidelines must be followed.

Public schools and playgrounds. NYC is opening playgrounds for younger children on June 22. Team sports are not permitted. 


NYC's Phase 1 businesses may reopen on June 8.
Industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries
Construction, manufacturing, retail businesses can offer delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service, wholesale, agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting. Phase 1 reopening is expected to bring 200,000-400,000 additional people to NYC.

Gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed for Phase 1.

Low-risk recreational activities are approved to reopen statewide: tennis, golf and driving ranges (not miniature/mini golf) with food and retail services subject to the restrictions that are currently in effect within the region, and non-motorized boat use and rentals, such as row boats, kayaks, and canoes.

Hospitals and group homes will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion. Any facility that chooses to allow visitors must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks. Details here.

In-person special education instruction can be held this summer. 

New York City health care providers are now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care.

Dentists can reopen on June 1. Interim Guidance For Dentistry During The COVID-19 Public Health Emergencygovernor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/DentistryMasterGuidance.pdf.

Medical schools statewide will be allowed to reopen on June 22nd.

6/6/2020 Port Authority’s airports, bridges, tunnels, and terminals, PATH system, seaports, and World Trade Center transportation hub remain open and operational, the agency reminds the traveling public that face coverings are required in its facilities. The requirement for face coverings is a key part of agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been instituted as a result of the New York and New Jersey emergency orders.

The New York State stay-at-home directive has been extended to June 27 for businesses that are not eligible to reopen governor.ny.gov/news/no-20231-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency.  


Hotlines

Small Business Services Restart Hotline: 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692)

Coronavirus Hotline for employees to report employers who are not following guidelines 888-364-3065.

A 311 Worker Protection Hotline will launch Monday, June 8. Workers who call 311 or 1-212-436-0381 will be connected to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for immediate assistance. Worker rights and guidance is also available online here. www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/index.page.

NYC Resources, guidelines and information

Information and guidelines for businesses reopening in Phase 2 are available at NYC.gov/nycbusiness.

A central Restaurant Reopening resource page nyc.gov/restaurantreopening.

6/18/2020 NYC's Phase 2 announcementwww1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/449-20/open-restaurants-new-york-city-prepares-phase-2-reopening-mayor-de-blasio-announces.

6/12/2020 NYC Business Reopening Information and Resources (plain language industry guides) nyc.gov/business

 

General Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-Health Care Settings: www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/disinfection-guidance-for-businesses-covid19.pdf

Reopening New York City Information and Resources: forward.ny.gov/reopening-new-york-city

NYC's Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has launched a reopening supplies marketplace maiic.nyc/reopening-supplies for easy access to wholesalers selling PPE, gloves, sneeze guards and other equipment. 

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Digital Resource Fairs and online webinars nycsmallbizcourses.eventbrite.com 

NYC Free Face Covering Distribution for Small Businesses & Their Employees: For a list of distribution sites available, visit www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/free-face-coverings

7/20/2020 Visits to nursing homes and long-term care facilities will be allowed on a limited basis, starting July 20. Visits will be allowed at facilities that have been free of new COVID cases for at least 28 days. Only two people are allowed to visit each resident and must undergo a temperature check, wear a mask and social distance while visiting.

6/12/2020 Phase 1 SBS resources to help small businesses navigate the recovery and re-opening process (NYC Department of Small Business Services  www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/about/pr20200608-reopeningphase1.page.

 

6/12/2020 NYC Guidelines for Small Businesses: NYC SBS Webpage nyc.gov/covid19biz and Reopening Guide www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/reopening-guide. 

NYC Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Phase 1 Business Reopening (retail, construction, manufacturing, wholesale). This website  also has other useful guidance for businesses and facilities: www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-businesses-and-facilities.page. 

NYC DOHMH COVID-19 Guidance for Phase 1 Business Reopening (retail, construction, manufacturing, wholesale). This website also has other useful guidance for businesses and facilities: www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-businesses-and-facilities.page

NYC Workplace laws are still in effect.  Learn more about employee rights and employer responsibilities here: www1.nyc.gov/assets/dca/downloads/pdf/workers/Complying-with-NYC-Workplace-Laws-During-COVID-19.pdf

Industry employer guides are also available at www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/businesses/businesses-and-nonprofits.page

6/19/2020 The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is offering New York business owners a new set of resources to help them navigate the recovery and re-opening process.  www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/about/pr20200608-reopeningphase1.page

6/8/2020 The New York City Department of Buildings, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), released COVID-19 safety guidelines for property owners and contractors www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/about/restart-phase-1.page

NYC Summary of requirements for business reopening for construction site www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/restart_enforcement_guidance.pdf. Many construction trade filings can now be done online. Online training and license renewal options for construction professionals.

NYC Department of Buildings will periodically check construction sites for compliance with employer safety plans required by the NYS Interim Guidance. Inspectors will look for: compliance with social distancing protocols (six feet of distance) unless safety or work functions require shorter distance, face coverings, hygiene and hand washing stations, COVID-19 safety measures signage, tightly confined spaces (e.g., elevators, hoists) occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing a face covering and the space is kept under 50% maximum capacity, a site safety monitor must be designated responsible for continuous compliance with all aspects of the site safety plan, safety plan(s) are conspicuously posted on site and include a copy of the submitted State affirmation, properly completed and updated cleaning and disinfection logs, a communication plan for employees, visitors, and clients is on site, correctly completed and updated logs of every person who may have had close contact with others on site to ensure effective contact tracing.  

Financial Counseling for Businesses: NYC.gov/talkmoney

The City’s Dept. of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP): Reopening NYC: What Workers Need to Know (PDF), a guide for worker resources for Phase One reopening, with updates at nyc.gov/workers. Or call 311.

Comprehensive Resource Guide: www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-resource-snapshot-comprehensive.pdf

NYC Guidelines and Tools: All the latest guidance from face masks to how to properly document your eligibility for NYS Emergency Paid Sick Leave can be found here: www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's resource of advistory boards and their members, Who’s Helping New York Reopen? manhattanbp.nyc.gov/whos-helping-new-york-reopen

NY State resources, guidelines and information

NY State overview of industries that are authorized to reopen during Phases 1-4  forward.ny.gov.
Phase 1 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries
Phase 2 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries
Phase 3 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries

NYS Reopening Lookup Tool for businesses to see if they are eligible to reopen businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward.

Business reopening guidance from NYSforward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase.

New York State Department of Health coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home. Along with the CDC's guidelines, businesses must adhere to the "hygiene and sanitation requirements from the New York State Department of Health and maintain cleaning logs on site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning."

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation cleaning & disinfecting products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as effective against COVID-19   dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/covid19.pdf

New York State Department of Health NY Forward Safety Plan (essential document) Template   governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYS_BusinessReopeningSafetyPlanTemplate.pdf (This is also available with each phase's guidance documents.) Each reopening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

NYS Department of Health "Stop the Spread" poster coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/04/13067_coronavirus_protectyourself_poster_042020.pdf

NYS Department of Health Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19 coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/cleaning_guidance_general_building.pdf

NYS Forward Bookgovernor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYForwardReopeningGuide.pdf

Statewide Guidelinesforward.ny.gov/statewide-guidelines

Federal resources, guidelines and information 

CDC Guidance for Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

CDC Guidance for Symptoms of Coronavirus cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

CDC infographic on keeping places safe: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

CDC Reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html.

CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again 
May 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

DRAFT Centers for Disease Control (CDC) document advising on how to safely reopen businesses and institutions (full document, not published by the White House) documentcloud.org/documents/6889330-Guidance-for-Opening-Up-America-Again-Framework.html (68 pages) [Source: Associated Press].

CDC Businesses & Workplaces guide cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html. Businesses must adhere to the "hygiene and sanitation requirements from the CDC and maintain cleaning logs on site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning." Moreover, regarding screening employees, whomever is screening must be familiar with Covid-19 symptoms noted by the CDC  cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

CDC's Guidance for Where You Live, Work, Learn, Pray, and Play cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community.

CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020 cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

OSHA Guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment osha.gov/SLTC/personalprotectiveequipment

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants & Beverage Vendors Offering Takeout or Curbside Pickup osha.gov/Publications/OSHA4017.pdf

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf.  

Small Business Administration (SBA) Lender Match is a free online tool that connects small businesses with SBA-approved Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other small lenders. Do not use if looking for Disaster loans. sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/lender-match

Small Business Administration (SCORE) Resources for Reopening Your Small Business
For free personalized, expert advice, reach out to a SCORE mentor score.org/find-mentor.

Retail Stores, checklist for reopening your store while keeping employees and customers safe score.org/resource/checklist-reopening-your-retail-store-after-coronavirus-shutdown
Retail store Action Plan score.org/resource/action-plan-retail-businesses

Restaurants Checklist score.org/resource/checklist-reopening-your-restaurant-after-coronavirus-shutdownRestaurant Action plan score.org/resource/action-plan-restaurants.

Resources and information (other)

The Community Service Society has moved the information from their comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Guides, formerly found under their website’s Benefit Tools, to the Benefits Plus online manual under the “COVID-19 Resources” category.

Residential buildings. REBNY, 32BJ SEIU & the RAB Issue Joint Safety Guidelines for Residential Buildings Industry & Labor Leaders Collaborate on Comprehensive Public Health Practices as NYC Reopens
June 11, 2020, cooperator.com, by Cooperator Staff

Monitoring

NYC's Department of Health COVID-19 monitoring website page www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page.

NY State COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard forward.ny.gov/early-warning-monitoring-dashboard

COVID Testing Percentage Positive Dashboard  forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-region-dashboard

The NYS COVID monitoring dashboard is tracking the metrics and is being used for decision-making statewide forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard

NYS Full criteria for re-opening at forward.ny.gov/metrics-guide-reopening-new-york#monitoring-new-infections.

NYS Metrics to Guide Reopening New Yorkforward.ny.gov/metrics-guide-reopening-new-york

NYS COVID tracker map covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Map.

The City's COVID tracker projects.thecity.nyc/2020_03_covid-19-tracker

COVID-19 data tracker for New York State covid19tracker.health.ny.gov

NYC coronavirus tracking pagewww1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page

NYC Department of Health page www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

New York City threshholds

NYC goals for hospital admissions for covid-related illness (below 200 per day), people in critical care (below 375), positive test rates for coronavirus (below 15%) (the ideal levels may change depending on the availability of testing supplies). See this webpage where NYC is tracking the goals daily www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-goals.page

NYC coronavirus page www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/index.page.

Test, trace & take care (T3)

Coronavirus testing

Gov. Cuomo urged virtually all New Yorkers to get tested for the coronavirus. With more than 760 testing sites now operating across the state, he said, many sites have more capacity for testing than is being used. The advice for wide categories of people to get tested – those with symptoms, essential workers, people who tested negative a month ago but may have been exposed since. [Source: 5/23/2020, City & State Coronavirus Update email]

NYC COVID-19 TESTING CENTERS

COVID-19 diagnostic testing centers in New York City. If you are protesting, please be safe, wear a mask, and get tested! Remember, testing is FREE and available. Free testing in Murray Hill and nearby:

CareMount Medical
Appointment required, Referral required, Testing for all patients
Verify testing center info before going.
Address: 317 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 726-7400 

Tisch Hospital
Appointment required, Referral required, Testing for all patients
Located in: NYU Langone Health
Address: 550 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 263-5800 

NYC Health + Hospitals / Bellevue
Appointment not required, Referral not required, Testing for all patients
Phone: (212) 562-4141
Address: 462 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016 

MedRite Urgent Care
Appointment not required, Referral required, Testing for all patients
Verify testing center info before going.
Address: 919 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017
Hours: Open Closes 10PM 

ProHEALTH Urgent Care of Gramercy Park
Appointment not required, Referral required, Testing for all patients
Address: 291 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010
Hours:  Closed Opens 8AM Tue
Phone: (646) 609-3403

Contact tracing

5/22/2020 Gov. Cuomo announced that people should look for calls from "NYS Contact Tracing" and answer these calls. If you see a call fro 212-540-xxxx or 212-242-xxxx PLEASE pick up to help stop the spread! Visit TestandTrace.NYC for more information.

What to expect if a Contact Tracer calls you. In the event that you test positive for COVID-19 or you have come into contact with someone who has the virus, you will be contacted by a tracer trained by Department of Health officials. Contract tracers will likely identify themselves as a member of the city’s Test and Trace Corps or New York City Health and Hospitals. Tracers will then ask you for a list of all of the people, including those you live with, that you have had close contact with in the last 14 days. This doesn't mean people you passed on the street or in the subway - we're talking about prolonged contact. Contact tracers will not ask for private information, like a social security number, health insurance or other personal information. All information shared will be strictly confidential. It's important to remember that contact tracing is essential in stopping outbreaks, and it will be crucial to planning our reopening. Tracers will then reach out to the people you had contact with, and advise them to self isolate. However, no officials will inform those people who the COVID-19 positive individual they were in contact was. As part of the city's

Test, Trace, and Take Care program, tracers will also ask you if you have access to food, healthcare, medicine, housing, and other essential services. In the event that you need these services, you will be connected with a resource navigator. [Source: Councilwoman Carlina Rivera's email of May 29, 2020]

The mayor said on May 28 that the city will have 1,700 contact tracers deployed by June 1 to track potential coronavirus exposure. Over 180 testing locations will be open by the end of June, with a goal of conducting 50,000 tests per day by August 1.

The Contact Tracing Tool form shows the kind of questions you should be asked: coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/05/13114_covid19_contacttracing_051420_0.pdf

Information on Test & Trace Corps www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/test-trace-corps.page

Contact Tracers are being trained and will have their first field training around May 24.

Take care

The NYC Test & Trace Corps will deploy Resource Navigators in every community by June 1. Contact Tracers will make a hand-off to Resource Navigators to connect anyone isolating at home with food, medication, phone, toiletries, and mental health resources.

For people who cannot safely separate at home, the city is offering free hotel rooms with a referral from a doctor, nurse, or physician's assistant. The city currently has 1,200 hotel rooms available with the goal of 3,000 rooms by late summer.

Background: New York State will take a regional and a phased approach to reopening

Regions will rely on seven core metrics to inform when a region is ready to reopen. Industries are divided into 4 categories based on essentialness and risk. These categories determine the phase for re-opening.

The NYS COVID monitoring dashboard is tracking the metrics forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboardA region will be able to reopen if it meets four criteria: it must show 14 days of decline in hospitalizations and hospital deaths and fewer than 2 new cases per 100,000 people per day. Hospitals must have 30% capacity available, both in the regular hospital and ICU, and must have a 90-day stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE). A region must be able to conduct 30 tests per 1,000 residents per month; and the region must have 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents.

Background: The reopening divides businesses into four phases based on essentialness and risk of spreading the virus.

Industries for phased re-opening 
forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase.

Phase 1: manufacturing, residential construction and landscaping, retail stores including clothing, appliances, electronics, sporting goods and furniture stores are open for in-store and curbside pickup, drycleaners, greenhouses and nurseries, drive-in movie theaters (statewide), outdoor, low-risk recreational activities such as tennis (not doubles) (statewide), wholesale trade, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, race tracks across the state, but with no spectators, small gatherings (up to 10 people, social distancing must be practiced). NOTE: There is still significant risk to indoor gatherings. Those are settings where the virus can spread. Masks, hand washing and social distancing should still be practiced.

Phase 2: offices, professional services (including finance and insurance), commercial building management, in-store retail, administrative support, real estate / rental, leasing & cleaning, vehicle sales, leasing and  rentals, hair salons and barbershops, outdoor food services, houses of worship at 25% of capacity.

Phase 3: restaurants / food services and hotels

Phase 4: arts / entertainment / recreation, education. 

Upon reopening, businesses must implement new safety precautions to help lower the risk of spreading the virus. These include strict cleaning and sanitation standards, restricting nonessential travel, adapting the workplace to allow for social distancing, and requiring masks to be worn if employees are in frequent contact with the public. Read all the requirements. Businesses opening in Phase 1 do not have to submit a reopening plan to the state; however, they must create and implement an employee safety plan. This employee safety plan must be written down on a template from the State Department of Health, and kept on site in the event that the Department of Health inspects the site.


 

  

Federal reopening guidelines 

5/22/2020 President Trump announced that religious gatherings should be considered "essential" and that he wants them to be open. [NOTE: A lawsuit was raised and won by the NY Civil Liberties Union that religious gatherings can't be singled out. The guideline must be applied to all gatherings.]

4/16/2020 President Trump presented guidelines for 'Opening Up America Again'
April 16, 2020, thehill.com, by The Hill Staff 
[G]uidelines released by the White House...to reopen the economy recommend that states see a downward trajectory in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases as well as flu-like symptoms before they move to lift stay-at-home orders and other restrictions. The document explicitly states that the outlined steps are implementable statewide at the discretion of individual governors.  Read full guidelines whitehouse.gov/openingamerica

White House/CDC Guidance: Opening America whitehouse.gov/openingamerica

MTA Reopening Plan

6/5/2020 MTA Action Plan For a Safe Return new.mta.info/document/17751
MTA 13-Point Action Plan for a Safe Return...Increased Service, Unprecedented Cleaning & Disinfecting, Mandatory Face Coverings, Enhanced Safety & Security [including Platform controllers, wayfinders and station personnel to direct and assist with crowd control], Nation-Leading Employee Safety Initiatives, Innovative Cleaning Solutions, Hand Sanitizer, Floor Markings, Directional Arrows and New Signage, Staggered Business Hours, 2 Million Mask Contribution from State & City, Contactless Payments, New Partnerships & Technology to Make our System Safer, Data Dashboard...Buses will go to 75% service in Manhattan with rear-door boarding...Adjusting when New Yorkers are traveling...If you can, travel outside of peak hours, between 9am-3pm.

The Governor has asked that commuters unsatisfied with bus or subway service during reopening call 511 with complaints.

Milestones and info

6/26/2020 (effctive date) Outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed, subject to any outbreaks or significant changes in the metrics.

6/6/2020 Summer day camps can open June 29. The state has not decided whether overnight summer camps will be permitted.

6/1/2020 Gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed statewide. Social distancing measures must be enforced and all participants must wear masks.

NYS Executive Order No. 202.34: Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order stating that private businesses have the right to refuse service to individuals who are not wearing a mask. For more information, click here.

5/28/202 Gov. Cuomo exec order extends the Stay-at-Home (PAUSE) until June 27 for New York State regions that do not meet the specific COVID-19 criteria for re-opening as shown on the regional monitoring dashboard. 

5/22/2020 New York's state beaches reopen on May 22, at the same time as beaches will be opened in New Jersey, Connecticut and Deleware. Beaches will be limited to 50 percent occupancy, social distancing must be observed and concessions will remain closed. Some beaches require proof of residency. This does not include NYC beaches.

5/11/2020 New York State will reopen certain low-risk business and recreational activities in regions that meet the re-opening criteria on May 15th. This includes landscaping and gardening, low-risk outdoor recreational activities (like tennis) and drive-in movie theaters. Businesses that want to reopen will be required to create social distancing plans to protect customers.

4/17/2020 Gov. Cuomo's presented a plan on how to gradually open up New York State's economy (done in conjunction with neighboring states). Summary courtesy of State Sen. Liz Krueger: (1) Do No Harm - step one is to continue controlling the rate of infection, (2) strengthen the healthcare system, (3) 
testing and contact tracing, (4) phased return to "new normal." 

Opinion pieces about reopening

‘Health or Their Home’: The Risks of Housing Court During a Pandemic
June 12, 2020, ny.curbed.com, by Caroline Spivack
Judges and court employees began returning to courthouses in New York City this week under guidance from the Office of Court Administration (OCA), which requires screenings for COVID-19 symptoms. All proceedings will be virtual, and a blanket moratorium on evictions is in place until June 20.

What Can Dancers Do If They Don’t Feel Safe Returning to the Studio?
June 11, 2020, dancemagazine.com, by Garnet Henderson

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